4 October 2022
A small group of protesters covered themselves in fake blood and oil outside the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Tuesday morning at the start of the annual Africa Oil Week. The protesters, from Extinction Rebellion Cape Town, were demanding an end to the exploration and exploitation of new gas fields in Africa, and calling for investment in alternative technologies.
Throughout the demonstration, the protesters were silent.
Africa Oil Week started on 3 October and brings together representatives of governments and corporates from across Africa.
Protesters held a large banner stating “The Fossil Fuel Industry is Killing Us”.
“We’re crying out for climate action,” said Judy Scott-Goldman, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Cape Town.
She said governments should not be investing in new oil and gas in Africa. These investments will increase carbon emissions and damage the environment and “will end up killing us all”, Scott-Goldman said. The oil industry and governments “have blood on their hands”, she said.
According to the United Nations, carbon emissions must be almost halved by 2030 in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.